Over the weekend, it was reported that The National have finished recording and mixing their follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-winning Sleep Well Beast. The band has indeed been teasing fresh material live for awhile, and fans may be able to get a close-up taste of the new songs when Matt Berninger & co. return to the road for a newly revealed series of intimate tour dates.
Under the banner “A Special Evening with The National”, five shows have been announced for April. The concerts will span the globe, with performances taking place in Paris, London, New York City, Toronto, and Los Angeles. The intimate gigs come ahead of a run of EU gigs and summer festival appearances including Bonnaroo, Spain’s Mad Cool Festival, and Pukkelpop in Belgium.
Tickets for the North American shows go on sale March 2nd at 10:00 a.m. local time, with European on-sale launching March 4th. More information can be found at The National’s website, and you’ll also be able to buy tickets here. Find the band’s full itinerary below.
The National 2019 Tour Dates:
04/16 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
04/18 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
04/22 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
04/24 – Toronto, ON @ Roy Thomson Hall
04/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Orpheum Theater
06/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
07/10 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival
07/13 – London, UK @ British Summer Time
07/15 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
07/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Stadtpark
07/18 – Rättvik, SE @ Dalhalla
08/02-04 – Waterford, IE @ All Together Now Festival
08/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Park
08/07 – Glasgow, UK @ Kelvingrove Park
08/09 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock
08/10-11 – Buftea, RO @ Summer Well Fest
08/14 – Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
08/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands
08/18 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
In related news, March 4th brings the launch of a new podcast analyzing the music of The National. Season one of Coffee & Flowers covers the making of Boxer and includes interviews with Berninger, guitarist Aaron Dessner, and others. You can listen to a short preview and subscribe to the full 14-episode season here.